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Assistant or Associate Professor of Forest Resource Economics

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University
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Full Time
Experienced Professional
North Carolina
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Position Description:
The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position Assistant or Associate Professor in Forest Resource Economics and Director of the Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium (SOFAC). SOFAC develops forest sector market models to address the impact of emerging issues on the largest timber-producing region in the world.
The realm of relevant research is broad and includes the impacts of shocks to forest extent and both market and non-market attributes of the southern forest ecosystem. The core of SOFAC research is understanding how this dominantly privately owned resource responds to changes in climate, policy, trade, and emerging and diminishing markets. The new director should have experience as, or show potential to become, a leader in policy and market discussions of emerging issues. S/he will advance the scientific basis for forward looking resource assessments in a dynamic market, policy, and climate context.
The 20+ SOFAC members include the major corporate forest landowners and wood consumers, consulting firms, and the southern group of state foresters. These members provide a funding base for advancing research methodologies that address likely southern forest futures at a scale relevant for strategic decisions. The appointment is 45% research, 45% teaching and 10% service. The candidate must have a strong background in (i) forest economics, (ii) analytical modeling that integrates forest biology and economics to guide strategic thinking of both public and private decision-makers. and (iii) strong leadership skills and forward-looking vision to lead SOFAC.
Beyond NC State’s traditional strength in statistics and economics; the Research Triangle region provides collaborative opportunities with colleagues at Duke University, the largest USDA Forest Service economics research unit in the US, and Research Triangle Institute’s resource economics group that focuses on agriculture and forest sector modeling for at national and global scales

Teaching and Mentoring Responsibilities:
The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses across the forest management and natural resources curricula. Possible courses include an undergraduate forest economics course, an undergraduate / graduate course in natural resources assessment and management, or a graduate course in the area of the candidate’s area of research. The candidate will be responsible for advising and mentoring forestry undergraduate and graduate students.

Research Responsibilities:
The candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized, externally funded research program, in addition to SOFAC, in forest and natural resource assessment and economics. The candidate is strongly encouraged to collaborate with other forest management and natural resources faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and other scientists at the North Carolina State University, southeastern US, and the world.

Service Responsibilities:
The candidate is expected to serve on academic (e.g. departmental, college, and university), and professional society committees and activities.


The candidate must have: (1) a Ph.D. degree in forest or natural resource
economics, or closely related discipline, and preferably with at least two years of post-doctoral experience, (2) a proven track record of high-impact publications, (3) demonstrated experience or potential to serve as Director of SOFAC and attract external funding, (4) demonstrated experience and desire to interact with forest management undergraduates students, (5) excellent problem-solving and oral and written communication skills; and (6) desire to collaborate in teaching, research, and service missions of NC State.


The Department, College, and University:
The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
( has 61 full time teaching and research faculty with a
wide variety of strengths in forest management, forest genetics and
biotechnology, natural resource policy and economics, forest watershed and
wetlands, wildlife management and conservation biology, environmental science and management, public science, and geospatial analytics. The Department offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, and currently has approximately 750 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. Active research programs within the Department generate about $6 million annually in extramural funds. The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources hosts four forest industry cooperatives and consortiums whose combined membership totals more than 100 state and federal agencies, private forest industries, REITs and TIMOs with forestlands primarily in North America, Central America and South America. North Carolina State University is one of the nation's leading public land-grant universities with a total enrollment of approximately 34,000 students. The university is located in the capital city of Raleigh ( and
Additional information about the department and university can be found at and

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Benefits include retirement program (choice of defined-benefit or defined-contribution); health insurance; workers’ compensation; paid vacation and sick leave; and other optional benefit programs.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of
research interest and teaching philosophy, copies of college transcripts, and
names and contact information for at least three references through the online
application site at Questions about the
position or application process should be directed to Dr. Robert Bardon, Search
Committee Chair, 919-513-0098, or S. Tom Gower, Department Head, 919-515-
3873, Review of applications will begin on Sept 5, 2019 andwill continue until the position is filled. Targeted starting date is August 15, 2020. NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. For ADA accommodations contact Anna Giuli, Phone: (919) 515-2893, fax: (919) 515-6193. Proper documentation of identity and employability in the United States will be required.